Ballet Scene | A Sensory-Sensitive Show

Megan Naughton, the mother of four children, remembers going to Nutcracker with her grandmother, and loving it. “I so much wanted this experience to be available to my family,” says the Pittsburgh-area resident, who studied ballet through high school and still takes class (usually hip-hop) whenever she can. But until last Christmas, seeing a Nutcracker wasn’t possible for her two boys, ages 7 and 9, because they have autism. Then Naughton heard that Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre had designed a version of the holiday favorite that her boys could enjoy.

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September 2014 | 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Cambré Devant and Dèrriere

Cambré devant, done between barre exercises, stretches fatigued muscles. The muscles most in need of a break are the gluteus maximus. Cambré derrière is a stretch of the back, not a compression of the spine. In addition, the dancers should pull up in the leg and gluteus maximus muscles and find more turnout through the entire motion.

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